TSL offers a reliable RoRo shipping service anywhere in the world. This type of freight forwarding is ideal for wheeled freight such as cars and machinery, and in many cases costs much less than sending goods in shipping containers. TSL’s RoRo offering is part of our comprehensive sea freight forwarding service, which incorporates customs clearance, warehousing, packing and distribution according to customer needs.

What Is RoRo Shipping?

RoRo (or roll-on roll-off) means the cargo you wish to export is rolled or driven straight onto the vessel. This differs from transportation in shipping containers, where the load is packed into a shipping container and then lifted on with a crane. Your cargo enters the vessel via a ramp and is then fastened securely before transportation. Once the ship has arrived at its destination, the cargo can then be rolled off again.

What Cargo Is Suited To RoRo Shipping?

  • Any motorised vehicle (e.g car, lorry, motorbike, tractor, crane)
  • Any cargo that can be carried using a trailer (e.g. boat, caravan, motor home, heavy plant equipment that runs on tracks)

Transporting Cargo With RoRo

With RoRo, the sea freight forwarding operation is carried out using specially designed ships with their own loading ramps. Many RoRo ships have more than one ramp so they can load and unload cargo more quickly. They may have several decks, with some of these allocated for particularly heavy plant vehicles and machinery. The largest RoRo vessels can carry up to a colossal 6,000 cars. The decks are fully sealed and watertight to protect them from the elements and salty sea water during transit. Each vehicle is held down using straps around its wheels which are attached to securing points in the floor.

Advantages Of RoRo Shipping

There are a number of reasons why RoRo shipping is usually cheaper and more efficient than using shipping containers.

Less labour: Fewer port workers are needed for crating, packing, flat-rack loading and general port handling
Less time: Hours are saved during loading, as the shipment is rolled straight onto the vessel rather than being packed up and lifted
More efficient: RoRo vessels are designed to carry thousands of cars, which would take up more space in shipping containers

A Bit About TSL

TSL is a freight forwarder based in Melbourne, Australia, with a worldwide scope. Freight forwarding is the foundation of our business and the area in which we excel. We can help with imports and exports, transportation by road, sea or air (or a combination of all three) and customs clearance. We will customise your logistics operation to ensure your goods arrive at their destination – anywhere in the world – with steadfast care and as quickly as possible.